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Torchetti replaced Ted Nolan, who moved on to coach the New York Islanders to a playoff birth this past season. “If this wasn’t such a great opportunity I would have been happy to stay in Moncton and continue to work with Mr. Irving to bring another championship to this great community,” he said. “Chicago recently signed Jonathan Toews, who at only 19, had an unbelievable tournament at the World Championships, and they have first pick in the upcoming draft, so it is similar to the rebuilding that I was part of in Tampa a few years ago.”
added 7:08pm, Got to love how someone is trying to scoop the signing announcement.
added 9:23pm, from the Univ. of North Dakota Hockey,
Jonathan Toews is home in Winnipeg. He’s still thrilled about his experience at the World Championship. He’s trying to get some rest, get over a cold and then get to work on a decision he’s said is going to be one of the toughest he’s had to make.
He has not, however, made that decision. Hockeybuzz.com falsely reported today that he has signed, citing sources in Canada saying that it was a “done deal.”
I got off the phone with Toews a little bit ago and he was surprised to hear about the report. After seeing it for himself he said, “Jeez, I can confirm that’s not true.”
added 10:22pm, from the Chicago Tribune,
On a day when the Blackhawks announced the signing of a new assistant coach and one of their prospects, two key questions remain unanswered—but perhaps not for much longer—regarding Jonathan Toews and Michal Handzus.
Of perhaps the most significance, Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday he hopes to sign Toews, the highly touted first-round pick from last summer, perhaps this week.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But Murray and general manager John Muckler don’t always see eye to eye. It’s not really a matter of hockey philosophy. As a coach, Muckler did a magnificent job of instituting a similar transformation in Edmonton, and he believes what Murray believes: you have some defensive responsibilities and after that, be as creative on offense as you can be.
The animosity began with Murray’s disapproval of some of Muckler’s managerial moves — or non-moves — and has escalated. As a result, the whisper around the NHL is that there will be a regime change in Ottawa this summer.
fro TBM at NBC Sports,
Welcome to sports in Buffalo my friends, the city that is the sporting equivalent of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. Over and over and over.
It’s not just that Buffalo has failed to win a championship in any major sport, it’s the way the pro teams flame out that has busloads of psychiatrists heading there every time the Sabres and Bills do a swan dive into the concrete.
This latest collapse may be one of the toughest to stomach, because this time the Sabres were heavy favorites to at least get to the Stanley Cup finals after posting the NHL’s best record in the regular season, while leading the league in goal scoring.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Loose Change: So, can I call you Beardie for short?
Playoff Beard: Absolutely not. My name is Harold.
LC: Oh, as in Harry??
PB: No, as in Harold. Are you simple or something?
LC: So, I suppose you really love this time of year.
PB: Why would you think that?
The Stanley Cup will share the screen with Emmy winners William Shatner and James Spader in tonight’s episode of the ABC hit drama “Boston Legal.” The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. In the episode “Duck and Cover,”
Watch an unaired version…
from the NHL Fanhouse,
I decided to call Babcock’s alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to figure out what advantage - if any - a background in sports psychology could give a National Hockey League coach. Gordon A. Bloom is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at McGill, where Babcock studied as an undergrad and graduate student while also playing for the McGill men’s hockey team.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“Full-season ticket sales are up 60 percent over this past season,” Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan said. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the [Stanley] Cup years. We anticipated a spike. We didn’t know it would be anything like this.”
McMillan declined to give specific numbers of season tickets for last season or next.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
On a team with elegant Swedes such as Holmstrom’s linemate Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, Holmstrom is a Norse of a different color. “He can’t skate,” general manager Ken Holland says. “If you have him race most NHL players over 30 feet, he’d lose. But put a puck four feet away, tell him to get there first, and Homer”—Holmstrom’s nickname—“will win that race. And when he sets up shop at the front of the net, they can’t twist him or turn him.”
from Inside The Panters at the Palm Beach Post,
The Senators have been one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL for years, but they’ve consistently been one of the worst draws among all visiting teams for the Panthers and, presumably, most other American-based franchises. One can only speculate, but a miserable first few years out of the blocks combined with no Stanley Cups and no Original Six history has added up to no excitement for the casual hockey fan.
The bloggers that were sent over to Moscow by the Washington Capitals to cover the WC did a fantastic job and I enjoyed following along with them.
Hopefully they have set a standard that others will follow.
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